The 24 Least Obedient Mid-Size Dog Breeds

Who is a good boy Not these dogs. While dog lovers like to believe that every dog ​​is an angel and cannot go wrong, that is not entirely true.

Most dogs can be trained in good manners and obedience, but getting there can take a little longer in some breeds that are less eager. Of course, every dog ​​is different and everyone has their own personality, but some dog breeds are just more strong-willed than others.

So which medium-sized dogs are the most stubborn and independent, and consequently the least obedient?

Using data from the American Kennel Club and Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, Newsweek rounds up the naughtiest medium-sized dogs here.

American foxhound

An American Foxhound at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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American foxhound owners should be prepared to be patient when training their dogs as they can be stubborn and independent.

Appenzell Mountain dog

Appenzell Mountain dog
The Appenzeller Sennenhund breed is not known to be obedient.
Vincent Scherer

The Appenzeller Sennenhund, or Appenzeller Sennenhund or Appenzeller Sennenhund breed, can be stubborn and requires firm guidance.

Australian cattle dog

Australian cattle dog
Rusty, an Australian Blue Cattle Dog, sits in Longreach, Australia on March 25, 2011.
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Australian Cattle Dogs should be trained from an early age and their training in obedience and agility should be maintained to keep the dog happy.

Basenji

Basenji
A Basenji Rescue and Transport volunteer guides a group of Basenji dogs through Logan Circle Park in Washington DC on October 14, 2010
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Basenjis are intelligent dogs, but they can also be mischievous. They also lose interest quickly and should therefore be trained at short intervals.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs can be stubborn, and as scented dogs they should be trained not to follow their noses if that could get them into trouble.

Basset Hounds

Basset hound
A Basset Hound at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018.
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Training a Basset Hound can be very challenging and takes time as it can be independent and aloof.

Bull terrier

English bull terrier
An English Bull Terrier at the National Exhibition Center on March 7th, 2015 in Birmingham, England.
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Bull Terriers are independent and mischievous, and they respond best to training when they’re having fun.

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei
A Chinese Shar Pei dog, New York City, May 1992.
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Chinese Shar-Peis are smart but stubborn. Owners should train these dogs from an early age to ensure they adapt well.

Chow chow

Chow chow
A Chow Chow sits in his kennel on the first day of Crufts at the Birmingham NEC Arena on March 8, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)
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Chow chows should be trained with patience and praise because, although they are intelligent, they tend to be stubborn.

Czechoslovak Vlcak

Czechoslovakian Wolfhound
Ulrich, a Czechoslovak Wolfhound, attends the National Pet Show at the NEC Arena on November 4th, 2017 in Birmingham, England.
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Czechoslovak Vlcak dogs are intelligent but very independent and get bored easily. You need a sense of purposefulness to get a job done and you can’t always be bribed with goodies.

Drever

As hunters, Drever dogs have a tendency to follow their noses. Owners must commit to training their drever as they can be stubborn.

Hamilton stovare

Hamilton stovare
A Hamilton stovare at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, Central England, on March 9, 2017.
Oli Schalf / AFP / Getty

While dogs are typically stubborn, the Hamilton stovars can be trained (if rewarded with tasty food), but owners shouldn’t expect them to be in obedience competitions anytime soon.

Irish Terrier ter

Irish Terrier Terri
An Irish Terrier competes at the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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Irish Terriers are strong-willed and independent, so owners should train their dogs consistently to ensure they become well-behaved adults.

Mountain cure

Mountain Curs are smart dogs, although some may be more eager than others.

Pharaoh dog

Pharaoh dog
A Pharoah Hound at the NEC Arena on March 11, 2012 in Birmingham, England.
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Pharaoh Hounds are easy to train, but no matter how obedient the dog is, this breed has a problem returning to their owners once released.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog
A Polish Lowland Sheepdog at the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York, February 15, 2010.
Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty

Although Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are quick learners, they are also stubborn and dominant.

Slovak wirehaired pointer

Slovak wirehaired pointers get bored easily, so training sessions should be short and fun.

Staffordshire bull terrier

Staffordshire bull terrier
Molly Staffordshire Bull Terrier at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on August 2, 2010 in London, England.
Dan Kitwood / Getty

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are intelligent and generally responsive to their owners, but they should be trained to understand that they must always accept the rules.

Swedish Lapphund

Swedish Lapphund
Swedish Lapphunds are independent and stubborn.
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Swedish Lapphunds are independent and stubborn and should be trained with patience.

Thai ridgeback

Thai ridgeback
Thai Ridgebacks are not the most obedient breed of dog.
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Thai Ridgebacks can be very independent and suit an experienced owner.

Tibet terrier

Tibet terrier
A Tibetan Terrier at the 131st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Tibetan Terriers are independent dogs that do not respond to harsh or repetitive training techniques.

Wetterhoun

While the Wetterhoun breed isn’t intentionally disobedient, they can be strong-willed.

Whippet

Whippets
Whippets meet at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 2017.
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Whippets can be mischievous and independent, but they are also intelligent and respond to gentle training methods.

Yakut laika

Yakut laika
Yakut Laika dogs tend to be independent.
Laura Fokkema / iStock

Yakutian Laikas are independent dogs who respond well to positive reinforcement. These dogs also respond better to owners when they are fully trusted.

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